Electromechanical Pan Feeders: What You Need to Know

From steel producing to recycling to mining to food, reliably moving dry bulk materials out of hoppers is critical to keeping production lines running. Single mass electromechanical vibratory feeders provide reliable maintenance free service ensuring your production stays up and running. Wm. Neundorfer & Company has helped our customers improve their production lines through integrating electromechanical pan feeders. In this article we will cover what an electromechanical pan feeder is, where they are used, and the benefits they provide.

What is a Electromechanical Pan Feeder?

An electromechanical feeder’s primary function is to regulate feed rates of dry bulk solid materials out of hoppers at precise volumetric rates. They are typically a constructed of a heavy-duty steel and utilize unbalanced electromechanical motors to create the vibration necessary to move material across the pan.

Where are Electromechanical Feeders Utilized?

Electromechanical feeders are widely used in various applications including discharging truck dump stations, rail car hoppers, surge tunnel feeders, and spreading material across widths up to 10’ onto downstream crushers, mixers, screeners or dryers.

Benefits of Electromechanical Pan Feeders:

Customizable to Your Process: Electromechanical pan feeders can be manufactured in many different pan configurations and materials of construction including light duty arrangements, heavy duty arrangements, and everything in between.

Less Sensitive to material changes: The pan feeders Wm. Neundorfer & Co. recommends utilize a single mass technology that eliminates sensitivity to material changes such as moisture content, which will tend to stick the pan and add weight to the overall vibrating mass. These single mass feeders are not tuned to a natural frequency keeping their stroke consistent and not putting additional stress on the feeder pan which can cause structural damage if left in this condition. This gives them a significant advantage in applications were the bulk material is exposed to the elements and subject to moisture changes.

Enhanced Feed Rate Adjustability: Single mass electromechanical feeder do not require natural frequency tuning and are able to be adjusted across are wider frequency rate than a two mass design can. This equates to greater turndown, feed rate adjustability, and process flexibility through a standard variable frequency drive.

Electromechanical vibratory feeders provide reliable and maintenance free service for dry bulk material processing. If you have any questions about the capabilities or benefits of electromechanical pan feeders contact Wm. Neundorfer & Co. today.